Millicent Ellison Brown, Ph.D. is a native of Charleston, SC who credits her parents’ involvement in mid twentieth-century civil rights initiatives for her lifetime commitment to social and economic justice.

She received her B.A. In History from the College of Charleston, an M.Ed. In Counseling from the Citadel and a Ph.D. In U.S. History from Florida State University. Brown recognizes a transformative year of study at Howard University (D.C.)) for grounding her academic career in the intersections of race, gender and class.

Co-Founder/Project Director of the Somebody Had to Do It Project, identifying “first children”, like herself, to desegregate all-white schools; Brown encourages ongoing examination of the multiple dynamics of using youth to create social change. She explores these and other issues reflected in contemporary policy-making and practice. Brown has held staff and faculty positions at the College of Charleston, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Claflin University, North Carolina A and T State University, Hofstra University, Guilford College and Bennett College for Women. She is a board member of the SC American Civil Liberties Union, and a member of numerous organizations supporting quality public education for all students. She consults with local, state and national historical institutions on issues of interpretation and inclusion.